Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Holiday DNA Sales Have Begun!

While dealing with the falling leaves DNA holiday sales popped up on us. So here is a run down of the current DNA sales.

Family Tree DNA
Family Tree DNA ended its conference and began its holiday sales with a 7-hour FLASH sale on Sunday that featured a new lowest price ever ($49) for the FamilyFinder (autosomal) test. Hopefully you spotted that sale. If not, on Monday, Nov. 13, Family Tree DNA began its annual Holiday Sale which ends December 31, 2017. So what is on sale this year?

Family Tree DNA 2017 Holiday Sales include:
Autosomal DNA
Family Finder Test (autosomal for male or female) regular price $89 ... now $59


Y37 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $169 ... now $129
Y67 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $268 ... now $229
Y111 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $359 ... now $299

mtFull-Sequence Test (for males or females) regular price $199 ... now $169

Test Bundles (two or more test types bundled together to test one person)
FamilyFinder + Y37 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $258 ... now $178
FamilyFinder + Y67 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $357 ... now $278 
FamilyFinder + mtFull-Sequence Test (for males or females) regular price $288 ... now $218
Comprehensive Genome (FamilyFinder + Y67 Test + mtFull-Sequence Test (Y-DNA for males only)) regular price $556 ... now $442

If you have any questions about a test type, click on the FamilyTreeDNA label in the left column of this blog to see prior posts some of which explain the different tests. Or read about each test on the Family Tree DNA website.

In addition just like in previous years, if you are on the Family Tree DNA email list and/or have any tests kits at Family Tree DNA, you will receive a weekly holiday reward offer (good for seven days) giving you additional savings offers that can be used on top of the sale prices. You can you these weekly holiday reward offers yourself or share them with one person. Each reward can only be used once (by a single person.)

Each week of the holiday season you (actually each of your kits) will receive a new holiday reward offer for that week (good for seven days.) Just sign into each of your test kits, click on the reward icon from the DNA Dashboard to see each test's specific reward. You can use the reward yourself or share it with a friend by using the share link in your kit. Like last year, if you use or a friend uses one of your reward codes then you will get a bonus reward.

Shipping and taxes are extra which vary depending on where the test is being shipped. Last known price (by us) on shipping to Michigan is $12.95 which covers receiving and sending the test.

The Holiday Sale on its AncestryDNA autosomal test is $79 (regular price $99) plus taxes and shipping. Additional kits purchased at the same time are just $69 each. There is no posted date as to when this sale ends.

We are not sure if the FREESHIPDNA coupon code will work with this sale but it does not hurt to try it.

In addition, Ancestry Gift Memberships are 20% off until November 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Choices include 6-month or 12-month plans to either the U.S. Discovery (access all U.S. records) or World Explorer (access U.S. and international records) subscriptions.

Ancestry also sells its DNA test directly on Amazon. There Prime members and non-prime members get free shipping. The price on Amazon reflects the current sale price ($79) for one. It appears you will not get the additional savings when buying more than one kit at a time.

The 23andMe Thankgiving Sale started last week on its 23andMe Ancestry only test. Buy two 23andMe Ancestry only tests at the same time for $49 each (regular price $99 each.) If you want just one, the sale price will be $69. Shipping is extra. Remember 23andMe switched to the new Illumina Global Screening Array chip that is not very compatible with other companies. No end date for this sale has been posted yet. The 23andMe Ancestry+Health test is still regular price, $199.

23andMe also sells its DNA test directly on Amazon. There Prime members and non-prime members get free shipping. The price on Amazon reflects the current sale price ($69) for one. It appears you will not get the additional savings when buying more than two test kits at a time.

Also starting early is MyHeritage's Thanksgiving Sale on its MyHeritageDNA (autosomal) test. The sale price is $59 regular price $99) plus shipping. This sale runs until November 23, 2017.

So what about Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) sales? 
Well it is possible AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritageDNA may have a sale on one or both of those days based on past years. AncestryDNA had one last year for that weekend at $69. It could be lower this year, if they do a sale, based on the sale price at the other companies. The free shipping code likely won't work but if the sale price is good enough you will still come out ahead in the end. For 23andMe the current sale is a good one but if you are interested in the health aspect of the testing you might want to wait and see if that 23andMe Ancestry+Health test goes on sale. Since MyHeritageDNA is a newer kid on the block it is anyone's guess. 

We will keep an eye for additional genealogy-related sales and let you know about them here or tell you where to read all about them.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Got Swedish Ancestors? ArkivDigital Free Access Weekend Nov. 11 to 12, 2017

It is that time of year again. ArkivDigital is having a free access weekend to its Swedish Records and Books of interest to genealogists. Free Access runs from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017.

The site operates in Swedish and English. To participate you have to register your name and email (for free) with ArkivDigital. If you have not used ArkivDigital before, you will need to install the latest ArkivDigital viewer software in order to see the record images. (The ArkivDigital viewer works best in Google's Chrome browser, a free software.) ArkivDigital has a help page for this free access weekend.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nov. 8 to 12 Free Access to Military Records on FindMyPast Websites

FindMyPast is giving free access to Military Records from Nov. 8 to 12 to all United States and United Kingdom military records.

During this free access time period, you will need to sign-in to either your subscription account or free account.

If you do not have a free account at FindMyPast already, simply create one. (A free account is not the same as a free trial subscription so do not click on the link to sign up for a free trial subscription.) The simplest way to create a free account is to do a search, click to view a result image and the website will ask you to sign into your account or create a free account.

There are special search pages set up for this free access time period for two of the Find My Past websites --'s military search, and's military search. You can access the military records regardless of country from either of the FindMyPast websites.

Have fun searching.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Next Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting is this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017!

Wednesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in the Local History & Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is this month's MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... DNA Tested ... Now What?

We'll review some ways to make sense of those matches, and, of course, share our experiences with DNA testing.

New attendees are always welcome.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Free Access November 1-15 to the Native American Collection

Fold3 is offering free access to its Native American Collection from November 1 - 15. 

Just register for the basic Fold3 membership which is free with no credit card required. If you already have a free Fold3 basic membership, just sign into the website. (You do not need to sign up for a 7-day free trial which requires a credit card.) The easiest way to do this is to just start a search from the Native American Collection page and then click to view an image (marked free) and then the correct registration link to a free basic membership option will come up.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Monday, October 30, 2017

MCGG's Next Friday Meeting is Nov. 3

MCGG's next Friday meeting is this Friday, November 3, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Christine Rowley, will present Genealogical Resources at the Richmond Historical and Genealogical Society. 

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Autosomal Transfers to Family Tree DNA are Now Just $10 Until the End of October

According to genetic genealogist blogger Roberta Estes at DNAeXplained, Family Tree DNA is having a sale on its Autosomal DNA Transfer Unlock fee. Instead of $19 to unlock the additional features it will be just $10 using a coupon code until the end of October (October 31, midnight Central Time) which is just three days away. Read on to learn the code.

What is an Autosomal DNA Transfer? 
Well, if you have tested your autosomal DNA with another DNA testing company such as AncestryDNA, 23andMe or MyHeritageDNA you can download your raw DNA data from that company's site and then upload that data to Family Tree DNA so you can compare your test to the FamilyFinder database at Family Tree DNA. (FamilyFinder is what FTDNA calls its autosomal DNA tests.) No "spit" is transferred between websites, just data.

What autosomal DNA tests can be transferred?
Currently data from the following autosomal DNA tests can be transferred to the autosomal test database at Family Tree DNA:

23andMe version 3 and version 4 chips
23andMe version 1 and version 2 chips can not be transferred. As of August 2017, 23andMe switched to a version 5 chip which is the new Global Screening Array chip that tests less locations and is currently not compatible either.

AncestryDNA version 1 and version 2 chips 
Ancestry changed test chips in mid-May 2016 so tests results since then are on the v2 chip.

*Transfers of tests done at MyHeritageDNA actually get full access with the free transfer so there is no unlocking fee. (We learned something new by reading all the Frequently Asked Questions. So it pays to read all those details.) MyHeritageDNA tests are actually processed at the Family Tree DNA lab but MyHeritageDNA has its own reference populations for determining ethnicity mixture and its own algorithms for determining matches.

One thing to note is that transfers of tests on the AncestryDNA v2 chip and the 23andMe v4 chip receive all but the most speculative matches (6th to remote cousins) because these chips are not fully compatible.

Why would you want to transfer your results? 
It gets your autosomal DNA into another "pond" of potential DNA matches. Remember, not everyone who has tested has tested at each DNA testing company and you do not know where someone might have tested. So it is to your advantage to "fish in as many ponds as you can" to find those matches. (Testing at every company you can is a recommended strategy for those, such as adoptees, searching for unknown family.)

Doing an autosomal transfer is a cost effective way to fish in two ponds. Autosomal DNA tests normally cost about $89 to $99 plus shipping depending on the testing company but often these tests can be found on sale for between $69 and $89. So a transfer gets you into a second pond for about a third of the cost. (And if you got your original test on sale, it can almost be looked at as two tests for the price of one.)

Please note, that if you have already tested someone's autosomal DNA directly at Family Tree DNA you do not need to do an autosomal transfer of that same person's test from another company. Because you will very likely get the same results as the test you did directly with Family Tree DNA.

But if you tested yourself or someone else at one of these other companies, you might want to consider doing an autosomal transfer (or a few) to Family Tree DNA. If the test you plan to transfer is someone else's DNA, make sure you have that person's okay to do so.

If you previously did an autosomal transfer but did not unlock the rest of your test results for the $19 fee, perhaps this sale will make it worthwhile for you to unlock them now since it is just about half price for the next few days.

What costs are involved? 
The Autosomal Transfer is actually free and this allows you to see all of your matches in Family Tree DNA's FamilyFinder database. It also lets you use the Family Finder Matrix which lets you select up to ten matches to compare to see if they match each other like they match you. Depending on the volume of submissions it can take between one to twenty-four hours for the autosomal transfer results. Once you have your initial free results then you can decide to unlock (or not) the rest of your test results. So don't wait to long to decide to transfer and unlock all of your results.

To fully access your autosomal DNA transfer it normally costs $19 to unlock the rest of the test results. (*See the above exception for MyHeritageDNA transfers.) Unlocking allows you to access the Chromosome Browser (where you can see which chromosome segments you share with matches), your ethnicity mixture called MyOrigins, your ancientOrigins mixture, and it allows you to contact your matches if they have allowed matches to see their emails.

How do you get the sale price?
By using coupon code ATUL1017 the unlock fee drops to just $10.

If your autosomal DNA test happens to be on one of those chip versions that are not compatible and will not transfer, take note that the FamilyFinder (autosomal) test at Family Tree DNA is currently on sale for $69 plus shipping.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!